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E.E. Waddell High School’s Aviation and Aerospace program will expose students to the world of aviation and allow them to choose a track aligned with their interest their junior year. All students will begin with the first three courses. Level 1: Launching into Aviation & Aerospace, Level 2: Introduction to Flight and Level 3: Aircraft Systems & Performance. They will later branch out to the area of interest their 11th grade year, selecting one of the programs 3 key areas of study- Aviation (flying), Avionics (fixing) and Aerospace (building).

Additionally, EE Waddell will feature the following Career & Technical Education strands:

  • Graphic and Digital Design: A sequence of courses and the use of Adobe Creative Cloud software helps students develop skills in video and image manipulation, web development and visual communication. Students develop logos and magazine layouts to help prepare them for Adobe certifications and a career in graphic art and design.
  • Marketing – CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is how businesses make their marketing campaigns automated. CRM is how businesses interact with their customer base electronically. Think about the brands people receive ads via text, email, or social media; a CRM software is what sends the notification.
  • Software Development: Students will gain a deep understanding of software development through exposure to the fundamentals of computer science in this pathway. After a grounding in basic concepts of computer science and how it is embedded into our everyday lives, students shift up to specific areas of focus in computer programming.

Waddell’s Aviation program will begin in the 2023-2024 school year with students in grades 9 and 10.

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  • E.E. Waddell HS
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Address: 7030 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217

Bell Schedule: 7:15am – 2:15 pm

I believe that each student deserves a quality education that prepares them for positive generational impact on our local economy and community.

-Nicholas Paquette- Principal of E.E. Waddell High School

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How to apply

There is currently space available for both 9th and 10th grade. If you would like to have your child be a part of the aviation program at Waddell, simply submit a request for reassignment/transfer to EE Waddell under the following guidelines:

for students who are new or re-enrolled to CMSfor Students who are currently enrolled in CMS.
You have ten business days after your enrollment has been processed to submit a request for reassignment to EE Waddell for the 2023-2024 school year.  The Transfer period is from March 25, 2023– July 14, 2023. Submit your request within this timeline in order to be enrolled at Waddell by the first day of school.
Be sure to select the reassignment/transfer form for the 2023-2024 school year.

Why this program matters

North Carolina is the nation’s second fastest-growing aerospace manufacturing sector with strong aerospace maintenance and military aviation enterprises, 14 commercial airline operators and 26 airfreight companies. Between now and 2032, forecasts indicate a 17% shortage in pilots and 24% shortage in aircraft mechanics. Boeing’s 2022 Pilot and Technician Outlook indicates a global gap of 34,000 – 50,000 pilots by 2025 and 612,000 commercial pilots needed from 2021-2040. The Aviation Technical Education Council’s (ATEC) 2021 Pipeline Report demonstrates that the aviation industry will need to produce an additional 2,700 mechanics annually over its 2019 output to meet the 20-year demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for aviation maintenance technicians is $69,000 annually (linked here), while the median pay for commercial pilots is $134,630 (see link here).  

In North Carolina, American Airlines alone currently employs 1,300 Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) and 1,280 pilots. Recognizing this demand for skilled talent, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is launching this aviation magnet program at E.E. Waddell’s Aviation and Aerospace beginning in Fall 2023. Competition for qualified pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians will remain strong over the next few years. Students who begin their training today will be well-positioned to seize employment opportunities by the time they graduate. 

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The E. E. Waddell building will also be home to P.A.C.E. Global Academy- a CMS High School for eligible newcomers to the U.S. who are learning English. This is a separate program and students are not able to obtain a seat at both PACE and Aviation at Waddell. Click here to learn more about PACE.